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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390625

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001

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Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class

Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class

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(p.168) 22 Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, and the Vanishing Middle Class
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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0022

American scholar Charles Murray claims that class divisions have vastly expanded over the last half-century. The working classis not only experiencing stagnant wages but has almost completely lost touch with how to live successful, meaningful lives. The consequence for intergenerational poverty is ominous to say the least. A permanent underclass is in the making. Policies that are focused on a single number or a limited set of indicators can produce unexpected outcomes with perverse effects . … relying on single targeted public policies to treat complex social objectives that have multiple highly interrelated dimensions, like poverty, often falls seriously short of expectations.

Keywords:   Divorce, Inequality, Poverty, Middle class, underclass

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